I had decided to go out and spend a lot of money on something that was a necessary purchase, but ended up persuading myself that it actually was a luxury so I didn't get it.
The it in question was a portable air conditioning unit. About $700 would be able to properly air condition (ie refrigerative air conditioning, not evaporative) one room, however that would involve some fiddling around and spending a lot of the money I was intending to put aside for the next little while.
Much as I would like some proper air conditioning, one of those portable units, while they do work, is not the best idea. It would jack up the electricity bill something shocking and would eventually costing a hell of a lot of money in the long run.
Maximum temperature according to the Bureau of Meteorology was 35.2 C (95.4 F) and current temperature is about 24.5 C (76.1 F) with a relative humidity of 88%. Hot and steamy, and not conducive to just about anything.
An air conditioning unit would have gone down well about now...
Oh well, I think I have another plan. What I am thinking of doing is saving up a bit of money and then seeing if the owner will split the cost of installing some proper air conditioning units in the place. I'm intending to be here for another 18 months or so, so this summer and the next. It will probably prove to be worth it in the long run.